Guatemala obtains the WTTC Safe Travel seal
The Central American destination gathered the appropriate hygiene and sanitation protocols to give its visitors greater confidence and be able to boost the tourism industry
Guatemala joined the list of countries to obtain the Safe Travel Seal granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, for its acronym in English), after complying with hygiene and sanitation protocols, generating greater confidence for visitors whenever the authorities decide to open tourist destinations.
The WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sector, designed the seal with the aim of contributing to the responsible and safe reopening of tourism, once the local authorities determine that the conditions exist for it.
“Guatemala is a destination par excellence, offering attractions such as Antigua, the emblematic archaeological zone of Tikal, Quetzaltenango and Lake Atitlán; in addition to the extensive dishes that the region offers, ”said Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the WTTC.
She pointed out that “this is the time to join forces and boost the travel and tourism industry, which is an important generator of income and jobs. With this seal, it is expected that travelers feel more confident visiting emblematic places with the peace of mind that it is a place that complies with hygiene and sanitation protocols ”.
Mynor Cordón, INGUAT Director General stated that “for the Guatemalan Tourism Institute it is an honor to be ambassadors of the Safe Travels Seal of the WTTC, backed by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with which we seek to promote the health and hygiene protocols of the tourism value chain, which in Guatemala were developed by the tourism governing body in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Health through the Good Practice Guidelines for the Prevention of COVID-19 and other infections for 13 sectors of the sector in order for consumers to regain confidence and experience "Safe Travel".
The protocols of the World Travel and Tourism Council were developed following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are supported by the World Tourism Organization (OMT) and more than 200 CEOs of the main business groups in the sector around the world.
Receiving the Safe Travel Seal is a great responsibility that requires a commitment from the authorities and establishments to strictly comply with hygiene and sanitation protocols.
According to the WTTC Economic Impact Report, during 2019 the travel and tourism sector was responsible for one in 10 jobs in the world (330 million in total), making a contribution of 10.3% to global GDP and generating one of every four of all new jobs on the planet.